Wednesday, February 28, 2007


I just have to pass this on. Toni McGee Causey has just put the most professional book trailer I've seen in a long time up on YouTube. It's for her book, Bobbie Faye's Very (very, very, very) Bad Day, that will be released from St. Martin's in May. It definitely gets my two thumbs up!

Here it is and you decide if that's not just the best put together book trailer you've seen!

If anyone would like some book trailer promotion, I have added a webpage at The Writer's Life for book trailer listings. Visit to find out how you can add yours!

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Monday, February 26, 2007

FREE BOOK PROMOTION WORKSHOP - How to PUMP UP Your Blog to Sell More Books

Did you know that blogs show up faster in the search engines than websites? Did you know that you can use this FREE promotional tool to its fullest advantage in your own book promotion campaign?

Now there's a FREE BOOK PROMOTION WORKSHOP that will show you how to do this. Visit Pump UP Your Book Promotion Blog at today! This is an ongoing free workshop that you won't want to miss!

Friday, February 16, 2007


I have a really special guest today! Heide AW Kaminski is one of the co-authors The Search for the Million $$$ Ghost (Mardi Gras 2006) that is due to be released in paperback at the end of February! It's kind of special to me, too, because I'm one of the co-authors! Heide, Pam Lawniczak and myself started writing this book a few years ago and never thought we'd see something that was written by three people who lived hundreds of miles apart from one another actually become a published novel. Simply amazing. Let Heide tell you more about how this came together...I give you...Heide AW Kaminski, one of the three co-authors of The Search for the Million $$$ Ghost...

Dorothy: Thank you, Heide, for giving us the privilege of an interview! Would you like to tell us more about yourself?

Heide: Happy to be here, Dorothy! To begin with, I'm a freelance writer and reporter in SE Michigan. I am published in 15+ anthologies and I have six years of newspaper clips as a freelance reporter/ photographer. My published books are ADHD and Me (in paperback), Get Smart Through Art (also in paperback), The Search for the Million $$$ Ghost (eBook about to go into print), Sun Serai (eBook), and Iddybitties and Giants (in German/English eBook). You can find out more about me at

When did your passion for writing begin?

Honestly, I would have to say, when I was born. I began telling stories before I could write and as soon as I learned to manuver a crayon across paper, I began to write them down.I was the neighborhood entertainer from an early age on.

Can you tell us what your typical 'writing' day is like?

I have several projects I am working on and I have found it is best if I don't force myself. I write whenever and wherever the muse strikes me. That may be in the middle of the night or in the bathtub.I work fulltime outside the home and I also go to school, so my actual writing time is limited to late hours, but in between I write on napkins and scrap paper until I get to the computer.

Do you write full time?

No, I would love to though!Until my writing pays my bills, I will have to stick to part-time writing.

Can you tell us a little bit about your book?

My newest release is "The Search For The Million $$$ Ghost," which I co-wrote with my two friends Dorothy Thompson and Pam Lawniczak.The best way to find out about it is to go to the website, and don't forget to check out the clip on Youtube!

Who published your book and how has your experience with them been?

Datamaster Publishing published my first two books. I would highly recommend them, however, they closed their doors. My books with them were sold to CrystalPress. I have not worked with them long enough to say much about them."Sun Serai" was published by Larry McCrea and he is a great guy to work with. The German children's book was originally published in 1983 in Germany. Last year a relative in Germany who publishes books had me translate the stories and he created a bi-lingual online version.The Search for the Million $$$ Ghost has been published by Mardi Gras Publishing.

Can you tell us the inspiration behind your book, THE SEARCH FOR THE MILLION $$$ GHOST?

I was a member of an online spiritual group, mostly women, and we decided that with all of our experiences and a lot of us with writing passion, we should write a book together. It started out with six authors, but I do not recommend that to anyone. In the process we dwindled down to three authors and I think we did an awesome job! All three of us truly believe that the book would make a fantastic movie on the big screen.

Can you tell us ways you are promoting your book? Have they been successful?

We are just beginning as it is going into print sometime this month.We sent out flyers to big magazines, newspapers and Oprah, Montel and Sylvia Browne, but have not heard back.I have a book signing and a newspaper interview scheduled for after the print release. We have also send announcements to numerous writing groups and ebook promotion sites.

Do you have a mentor?

My mentor would be my best friend, Deane, who has been a reporter for 30 years. He edits EVERYTHING I write and he is not afraid to critisize when it's needed. He has taught me a lot and he keeps me writing even when I feel down about the writing business.

What future projects do you have in the works?

I am working on a novel about life in heaven. It is a romantic comedy about a guy who does not believe in life after death. When he dies, he finds out the truth. While he is waiting for the love of his life to arrive up there, he has a lot of fun with all sorts of people from the Bible as well as non-Christian history.

Can you give aspiring authors words of advice towards getting published?

Don't ever give up on yourself! You may feel like a slave to the profession, but if you love writing, NEVER give up. Laugh at rejection letters as JK Rowling is laughing at all those who rejected her!Keep submitting until you find someone who believes in you. Holding your first book in print in your hands is a breathtaking event!

What’s one thing about your life that you think is important, but nobody asks?

Cool question.I have been through a lot of abuse. I have finally recovered from the neediness and worthlessness abused people feel and I am darn proud of myself!

Dorothy: Thank you for visiting with us today, let's make sure this book sells like hotcakes!

Heide: Thanks for having me, Dorothy! ;o)

If you would like to read the backstory of The Search for the Million $$$ Ghost, or to find out more about the authors, visit this link!


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I found this a couple nights ago. John Kremer is putting nonfiction ebooks up on his site and is inviting anyone with a free nonfiction ebook to send it to him and he'll put it up for you. I emailed him last night, and today, both my free ebooks, A Complete Guide to Promoting & Selling Your Self-Published eBook (A Sampler) and 101 Facts You Never Knew About Soul Mates are both up. Pretty darn fast to me.

The site is called Free Books for All, a website devoted to giving away free nonfiction books, including business books, cookbooks, memoirs, how-to books, travel books, gardening books, mind/body/spirit books, social issues books, and more.

John is being so gracious to do this because he believes (as do I) that word of mouth is the best promotion. According to his website at, he states, "The toughest challenge for a newbie or an unknown author is to get readers to sample your book. The best way to get people to sample your book is by giving it away as a free PDF download. Most people won't read an entire novel on their computer, but they will sample it. And, if they like it, they will go to or their favorite local bookseller and buy it. Then they will read your book. And, if your book is any good, they'll begin to tell other people about your book."

Hey, hey, John's the man!

If you have a free nonfiction ebook, click here to find out how you can end up on John Kremer's Free Books For All!

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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

How Self-Syndication Leads to Free Publicity

In this world of everyone holding their hands out and wanting your hard-earned dollar, authors are heading toward more of a do-it-yourself attitude when it comes to book promotion. Since book royalties are usually nothing to get real excited about, funds for book promotion may be something that is non-existent for the first-time book author, or any author for that matter.

However, any book coach or publicist will tell you that you have to create a buzz for your book no matter what it takes.

So, what’s an author to do?

There are many strategies you can take, but the one that has given me more publicity is the syndication of my articles. No, I am not syndicated in the NY Times or Woman’s Journal, but I am syndicated on thousands of online websites and a few print publications as well, including the celebrity tabloid, “OK!,” which is found in most grocery stores and Wal-Marts (I know because I scarfed up their whole inventory when I found out).

How does one make this happen and how does this equal book sales?

Easy. There are hundreds of content ezines on the Internet and most of these online publications have feeds which send your articles to more publications, who in turn put your article up on their websites. What happens is that one article will appear on hundreds upon hundreds of websites, thus upping your search engine’s ranking because you were smart and included your website link in your bio.

Not only are you gaining expertise through syndicating your articles, you are helping bring potential buyers to your website to see what else you have to offer.

But, more than that, these same articles that, even though you aren’t getting paid for them, they are giving you free publicity that would have otherwise cost you hundreds of dollars.

Let me give you an example. Today, in the mail, I received a complimentary magazine with an article I had syndicated two years ago. Even though that article is not recent, it continues to bring in added publicity. But, what I found interesting was that if you wanted to advertise your book in this same publication, which included a 60-word description of your book, a color cover photo of your book and a direct link to your website, it would cost you $100 if you were not a member of their organization and $125 if you were.

Even though I didn’t get a color cover photo included of my book, I did get a full-page ad for my article, which included a generous bio, including information about my book and two links to my websites.

The cost? Zip.

So, how did I manage to get this non-recent article I have syndicated for years over the Internet into a print publication? I did nothing to make it happen, except list the article up on my website stating anyone was welcome to publish it as long as the bio was intact. Someone saw it and noticed that it would be perfect for their publication, and whammo bammo, I have a gig in a print magazine. Simple as that.

As for the OK! Magazine gig, the editor found one of my articles over the Internet which had my website address in the bio, and contacted me through the email address link on my website. He phoned me, asking questions about the Jennifer Aniston-Vince Vaughn relationship, and my quote ended up in the magazine two weeks later.

All you have to do is write an article, making sure it has a bio with your website link or contact information, and send it off to content ezines such as:


Article Alley

Article City

Article Marketer

Article Corners

Associated Content
(this one pays!)

Ezine Articles

Go Articles

A word of suggestion would be to not forget to add your articles to your website, as that’s where a lot of my contacts have come from, too.

Syndicating your articles is one of the most profitable publicity-wise venues I can think of and I am surprised when I find authors do not think to do this. If they only realized the potential this has, they’d jump on the self-syndicating bandwagon in no time!

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Tuesday, February 13, 2007


It's official!

LOVE IS IN THE AIR, a free Valentine's Day ebook is available!


Give the Gift of Love: LOVE IS IN THE AIR - Free Valentine’s Day eBook!

February 13, 2007 - Just in time for Valentine’s Day, The Writer’s Life Publications announces the release of “Love is in the Air,” a free 65-page downloadable eBook, filled with love stories and love advice for the romantic in you!

“Love is in the Air,” is written by the members of The Writersville Gang, an online Yahoo! writing group, which includes Rebecca Camarena, Sandy Lender, Gale Sparks, Dorothy Thompson, Michael Witherspoon and Jamieson Wolf.

“I’m really excited about this eBook,” says Dorothy Thompson, editor of The Writer’s Life and moderator of the online writing group. “Not only are we giving back to our faithful readers, but we are also learning the ins and outs of self-publishing. It’s been a great learning experience for all of us and has helped us find out what it takes to pump up our own online book promotion by using our free eBooks as guinea pigs. We learn what works and what doesn’t which is highly important because it eliminates the time wasters and shows us how to market our books effectively.”

The Writer’s Life Publications is run and operated by Dorothy Thompson and publishes several free eBooks throughout the year.

To download your free Valentine’s Day eBook, LOVE IS IN THE AIR, visit

Press Contact:
Dorothy Thompson
Editor, The Writer’s Life Magazine
P.O. Box 313
Temperanceville, Virginia 23442

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